2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, which has been marking the occasion with several events over the last couple of months. The final event took place May 21, with the Grand Opening of Gragg Park. Co-chairs Alicia Smith and Deborah Duncan led the reception, held at the McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Pavilion at Hermann Park. Over 200 supporters attended, including Mayor Sylvester Turner and Commissioner Gene Locke.

The Commissioner read aloud a letter he'd written to Turner to celebrate 100 years of parks in Houston, pledging to meet one-on-one with Turner to find ways to develop existing tax delinquent properties into additional parks for the constituents of Harris County Precinct 1.

In addition, Mayor Turner (no relation to Joe Turner despite both suggesting they are brothers) announced—to thunderous applause—that he would not be cutting the budgets of the Houston Library or the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information about the Grand Opening of Gragg Park, click here.

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